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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #115)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 05:38 PM

123. I have no way of knowing how old you are ...?

I am 51 (born 1962, damn it turns out I am old). I grew up in Metro Detroit. My experience was different in many ways than yours and the same, in as many ways ... I grew up north of 8 Mile Road (Macomb County). Anyone that lived where we did (Metro Detroit) in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s is being dishonest if they deny or downplay your narrative. It should not be remembered with any fondness (of course) but denying our history dooms us to repeat it.

Sadly, the Metro Detroit of my youth was one of the most segregated areas in the country. It wasn't a legislative segregation ... we all just lived where we did largely based on our ethnicity/ heritage. The media, local politicians etc. perpetuated the myth of Detroit (and its residents). We never (or more accurately rarely) ever really got to know each other in those days. This made the myths and stereotypes easier to perpetuate. I do not say this to excuse the behaviors, simply to explain them.

The white couple in your narrative could have been any of my friends parents or grandparents. I knew these people as they existed then and as they exist now. These same folk would never utter a racial epithet, they support civil rights (up to a point) and they will tell you 'I am not a racist' ... but the fear of the "other" remains (and I make no mistake: it IS racism)

Anyone that denies your narrative is either a liar or a fool (noting the terms are not mutually exclusive).



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